The oft criticised "Consumer reports" in the USA has published its latest survey.http://www.channel4.com/4car/news/news-story.jsp?news_id=18275 The results are predicable and in line with many other surveys. Once more it appears its the companies from the far East who can teach us a thing or two about screwing cars together. "Japanese and Korean car manufacturers have yet again dominated an important US reliability survey. The 2008 Consumer Reports study of 1.4 million vehicles sold in the USA names the Scion xD (a supermini-sized hatchback related to the upcoming Toyota Urban Cruiser we'll see in Europe) as the car suffering the fewest problems in its first 12 months on the road. The top 10 manufacturer were all either Japanese or Korean (Hyundai was rated 8th and Kia 10th) and models particularly praised included the Honda Fit (aka Jazz), Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Toyota Yaris. The least reliable brands were Land Rover, Chrysler and GM's Saturn. Of the European brands, improvements from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and BMW were noted, but a third of all Mercedes were judged 'below average' and the Volkswagen Passat, Touareg and Eos all scored poorly. The Smart Fortwo had 'few problems', however."